Developing Research in New Universities - OECD report by Ellen Hazelkorn

In the changed environment of the 21st century, maximising research capacity is a key component of successful economic strategies and the traditional university sector alone cannot meet the increased need for advanced research that is targeted to specific government aims.  The last decades have seen an explosion in the number and type of higher education providers established under the auspices of both public and private benefactors but, according to a new report published by the OECD, these new universities are facing challenges associated with their status as new entrants to higher education.

“Developing Research in New Universities” profiles the experiences of a group of twenty-five institutions across sixteen OECD countries, and provides an in-depth analysis of the results.   Author, Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn, says “New higher education institutions are dynamically redefining the university for the 21st century – they are professionalising new disciplines, introducing new teaching practices and broadening research activity.  However, they obviously lack the demonstrated capacity and strong resource base of more established institutions.  As a result, they experience barriers to success which are unlikely to be overcome without a change in government policy.”

“Developing Research in New Institutions” is published by the OECD as part of their University Research Management series.  Its author, Dr. Ellen Hazelkorn, is a Director and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Arts at Dublin Institute of Technology.  Dr. Hazelkorn is a member of the editorial board of the OECD journal, Higher Education Management and Policy  and also works closely with IMHE, the OECD programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education and its Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members. 

Developing Research in New Institutions
ISBN:92-64-00694-X
€32, available from www.oecdbookshop.org

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